A venerable Glenlivet from 1982, it is not that common. If we can remember some well-made versions from Berry Bros, will this pass through the French bottler Orcines be as qualitative?
Nose : We recognize the style of the other bottlings from Orcines. We go on acacia with a beautiful honeyed consistency. The fruitiness unravels with some apple-cinnamon pie filled with dried fruits. We have a lot of almonds (fresh and milk), then spices (pepper, ginger). The flowers come out with the opening (hydrangea, acacia) with a hint of cocoa. We’re facing a nested nose which verges on the dessert aspect (we nearly leave to a light Tatin) before going away to more various notes. For the amateurs of melted drams, it surely is a beautiful success.
Mouth : We have a beautiful smooth texture with enough explosion and a progressive upholstering. We find the directive line of the nose with honey, flowers (acacia) but mostly a lot (too much?) of cinnamon and wood. Thankfully, we also find cooked apple with caramel and a bit of red fruits (red currants). The second part of the mouth gains vegetation (honeysuckle, dill) hence freshness.
Finish : We have an average length with a nice persistence. If we keep this fresh and delicate aspect, the dryness is way more present (wood, cinnamon) with a herbaceous vegetal touch.